10 Ways to Kick Off January 2016 in San Diego

january in san diego2016 has arrived, and with it a whole new year of awesome happenings, events, and activities in San Diego and La Jolla. While the rest of the country is dealing with cold temperatures and snow, those of us in Southern California are lucky enough to be enjoying beautiful weather and sunshine – so get outdoors! Check out our 10 favorite ways to celebrate the beginning of January 2016 in San Diego, from Restaurant Week to film festivals and more.

1. SoundON Festival of Modern Music

Jan 7 – 10
The Athenaeum Music & Arts Library and San Diego New Music present the soundON Festival of Modern Music, featuring an international roster of composers and performers who will present a four-day exploration of contemporary chamber music. Featuring musical performances by NOISE and Affiliated Artists, the multi-day festival will present unconventional works in an informal setting. This year’s SoundON will feature music of classic Jewish and Christian apocalypses.

2. Poway Winter Festival

Jan 8 & 9
Experience the magic and charm of winter like never before! Join the community of Poway for Winter Festival on Friday (5-9pm) and Saturday (3:30-8:30pm) at Poway Community Park. Sled down the snow hill, eat delicious s’mores, skate around the synthetic ice rink, and peruse a variety of vendors and their sensational products. There will be live music and plenty of food and drink for everyone; bring the whole family!

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3. Desserts & Beer Tasting

Jan 14
Drink craft brews and satisfy your sweet tooth at the Desserts & Beer Tasting at the San Diego Museum of Man! Sample an assortment of beers from some of the best craft breweries while you snack on artisan cheeses and indulge in scrumptious desserts created by Extraordinary Desserts. Breweries include Ballast Point Brewing Company, Iron Fist Brewing Company, Stone Brewing, Lagunitas Brewing Company, and more. Tickets are $20 – $30 and include entrance to the Museum, and beer and food tastings.

4. 1st Annual Coronado Island Film Festival

Jan 15 – 18
Join the community of Coronado and makers and lovers of film from around the world for a dazzling winter holiday weekend on the island. Enjoy four jam-packed days of parties, panels, exhibits, workshops, live performances, new films, treasured classics, awards, tributes, sunsets, and restaurants for every taste bud, along with approximately 60 films by filmmakers from every level of the craft, from emerging student to seasoned pro.

SEE ALSO: Old Hollywood Glamour Meets New Cinema at 1st Annual Coronado Island Film Festival

5. San Diego Multicultural Festival

Jan 16
The San Diego Alpha Foundation Inc. is excited to host the Multi-Cultural Festival this January! The Festival is free and open to the public and is being held at San Diego’s beautiful downtown waterfront park at the corner of Harbor Drive and Pacific Highway. The event will showcase San Diego’s rich cultural diversity through live music, dance performances, storytelling, children’s activities, and a wide range of ethnic vendors. There will also be a variety of multi-cultural entertainment from local bands.

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6. San Diego Restaurant Week

Jan 17 – 24
Kick off the New Year with San Diego’s favorite foodie event – eight days of dining! SDRW will be offering its signature prix-fixe dining menus and has added an extra day so you can enjoy over 180 restaurants located throughout San Diego County’s unique and thriving culinary scene. For eight days, diners can enjoy three-course prix-fixe dinner menus for just $20 – $50 per person or two-course prix-fixe lunch menus at participating restaurants. Reservations are strongly encouraged!

7. Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade

Jan 17
Head to Harbor Drive on Sunday, January 17 at 2pm for the 36th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, one of the largest celebrations of its kind in the United States in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The parade is filled with dazzling floats, drill teams, youth organizations, and festive banners. The event is coordinated by the Zeta Sigma Lambda Chapter of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc., the oldest African American fraternity in America. Visit website for more details.

8. San Diego Caffeine Crawl

Jan 22 – 24
Caffeine Crawl 2016 kicks off this January with its biggest shop lineup yet, snazzy new spaces and more caffeine than you can handle! Stroll the North Coast on Friday afternoon and stop at 4 local coffee shops before hitting the streets of San Diego Saturday morning for multiple routes by car, bike and foot. Saturday afternoon routes kick off at 1:00 PM, 1:30 PM & 2:00 PM, and 2 later-start Sunday morning routes provide plenty of options. If you love tea and/or coffee, this is a great way to spend the weekend!

january in san diego9. Farmers Insurance Open 2016

Jan 28 – 31
Mark your calendars for one of the biggest golf events of the year, the Farmers Insurance Open, returning to Southern California at the end of January. San Diego’s leg of the annual PGA Tour will take place January 28-31 at the iconic Torrey Pines Golf Course. Opening Day ceremonies will begin on Thursday the 28 at 8:15am and continue with the opening round at 8:30am. See website for complete schedule and to purchase tickets online.

10. Lunar New Year Festival 2016

Jan 29 – 31
The Qualcomm Lunar New Year Festival is back this January with a fusion of Asian food stations, unique vendor booths, carnival rides, non-stop live entertainment (including lion dances, concerts, and the much anticipated “Miss Asia” Beauty Pageant) as well as a highly acclaimed “Cultural Village” featuring breathtaking artistic reconstructions of iconic sculptures, buildings and landscapes from across South East Asia. Join the festivities for Vietnam’s most celebrated holiday!

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